John Pinette, a comedian known for his stand-up career and an appearance in the “Seinfeld” series finale, was found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room on Saturday, according to reports. He was 50.
No cause of death has been released yet, though he was suffering from liver and heart disease, according to several outlets. Authorities have no suspicion of foul play at this time.
Along with his appearance as a carjacking victim in “Seinfeld,” his other credits include “Junior” (1994), “The Punisher” (2004) and “The Last Godfather.” (2010) His last hourlong stand-up special was 2011’s “Still Hungry.” The comedian was known for often poking fun at himself, and he was noted in the comedy world for his self-deprecating style.
His television credits include “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” and “Vinnie & Bobby.” He was also noted for his impressions, including those of The Chipmunks and Elvis Presley.
He was in the middle of a live comedy tour at the time of his death, with his next performance to take place at a California comedy club called Ontario Improv, according to his Facebook page. The tour had dates from April-June in the U.S. and Canada.